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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

National Health Service Corps Recruitment Programs

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a Federal government program administered by Health Resources and Service Administration and Bureau Clinician Recruitment and Services.  NHSC helps bring care to people who live in areas with limited access to health care.  Areas with limited access to health care become designated as Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), which means people have to go without essential health services or have to travel long distances to see primary health care providers. 

NHSC offers three different programs to health care providers to recruit them to HPSAs.  The three programs available are NHSC Loan Repayment Program, NHSC Scholarship Program, and NHSC Student to Service Program.  All three programs offer a monetary incentive to health care providers for a service commitment in a HPSA. 

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program

The NHSC Loan Repayment program offers primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid while earning their salary.  The following licensed providers are eligible: Medicine (MD/DO), Physician Assistant, Nursing, Dentistry, Dental Hygienist, and Mental and Behavioral Health. 

The NHSC Loan Repayment program application cycle opens once a year and applications have to be submitted during the application cycle. The next application cycle is planned to open in early 2017. To be notified when the application cycle opens follow the link below and click on the link to sign up when the application cycle opens.

 

For more information on the NHSC Loan Repayment program, please go to http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/index.html

 

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

The NHSC Scholarship program offers students pursing primary health care funding for their education in exchange for a service commitment.  The students enrolled and accepted in the following disciplines are eligible:  Primary Care Physician, Dentists, Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse-Midwife, and Primary Care Physician Assistant.  The funding can be used for the following costs: tuition, required fees, reasonable educational costs, and a monthly support stipend. 

The NHSC Scholarship program application cycle opens once a year and applications have to be submitted during the application cycle. The next application cycle is planned to open in Spring 2017. To be notified when the application cycle opens follow the link below and click on the link to sign up and receive notification when the application cycle opens.

For more information on the NHSC Scholarship program, please go to http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html.

 

National Health Service Corps Student to Service Program 

The NHSC Student to Service Program offers medical students (MD/DO) in their last year of school, loan repayment assistance for working in a HPSA.  The provider must provide care in the following disciplines: Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Geriatrics, and Psychiatry. 

The NHSC Student to Service program application cycle opens once a year and applications have to be submitted during the application cycle. The next application cycle is planned to open in Fall 2016. To be notified when the application cycle open follow the link below and click on the link to sign up when the application cycle opens.

 

For more information on the NHSC Student to Service program, please go to http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/studentstoserviceprogram/index.html.

For more information contact the Department of Health, Office of Rural Health, 600 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501; phone 1-800-738-2301; Josie Petersen phone 605-773-3517; email Josie.Petersen@state.sd.us.

 

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